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Giovanni Martino and Martino family papers, 1913-2013

Giovanni Martino and Martino family papers, 1913-2013

Martino, Giovanni, 1908-1998

Painter

Collection Information

Size: 2.5 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Giovanni Martino and Martino family measure 2.5 linear feet and date from 1913 to 2013. Giovanni Martino's career as a painter, and to a lesser extent, his work with his brothers at Martino Studios, is documented though biographical material, correspondence, printed material, photographs, artwork, and one scrapbook. Also found are papers documenting the painting careers of his wife, Eva, and daughters, Nina and Babette.

Biographical/Historical Note

Giovanni Martino (1908-1998) was a painter in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Martino and his six brothers formed the Martino Commercial Art Studio, where Giovanni worked as a graphic artist. Martino's wife, Eva (1916-2012), and daughters Babette (1945-2011) and Nina F. (1942- ) are also artists.

Provenance

The collection was donated in 2005 by Eva, Nina and Babette Martino, Giovanni Martino's wife and daughters and in 2014 by Nina F. Martino.

A Finding Aid to the Giovanni Martino and Martino Family Papers, 1913-2013, in the Archives of American Art
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Biographical/Historical note
Giovanni Martino (1908-1998) was a painter in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Martino and his six brothers formed Martino Studios in Philadelphia, where Giovanni worked as a graphic artist. Martino's wife, Eva (1916-2012), and daughters Babette (1945-2011) and Nina F. (1942- ) are also artists. Martino studied at the Philadelphia Graphic Sketch Club, Le France Art Institute, Spring Garden Institute, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He specialized in urban landscape painting and regularly exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions. In the 1960s, the family moved from Philadelphia to a house in Blue Bell, where each member could have their own painting studio.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 4 series.
Series 1: Giovanni Martino Papers, 1913-2010 (Boxes 1-2, 4; 1.4 linear feet)
Series 2: Eva Martino Papers, circa 1930s-2013 (Box 2; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 3: Nina Martino Papers, 1942-2013 (Box 2; 0.5 linear feet)
Series 4: Babette Martino Papers, 1945-2013 (Boxes 2-3; 0.4 linear feet)
Provenance
The collection was donated in 2005 by Eva, Nina and Babette Martino, Giovanni Martino's wife and daughters and in 2014 by Nina F. Martino.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2015. The collection has been minimally rearranged and retains the existing/original folder titles when possible. All materials have been rehoused in archival folders and boxes for long-term stability, but often staples and other fasteners have not been removed. Materials within folders have not been rearranged.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Giovanni Martino and Martino family papers, 1913-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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